A treadmill is a device used for walking, running, or climbing while staying in the same place. Cardiologists like Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy, suggest this test to detect abnormal heart rhythm and diagnose the presence or absence of coronary heart disease.
What Is A Treadmill Test?
A treadmill test or a cardiac stress test is a cardiological test that measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. It evaluates how well your heart responds during exercise by comparing your circulation at rest with the same measurements taken at maximum exertion.
When Is A Treadmill Test Recommended?
A regular Treadmill Test is considered in the following circumstances:
- Patients show symptoms that suggest Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
- Patients who have a high risk of CAD.
- To check the BP response in patients who have hypertension-like tendencies.
- To look for exercise-induced irregularity in heartbeat.
Is A Treadmill Test Safe?
A treadmill test is generally safe under expert supervision. Complications are very rare. However, there can still be some temporary discomfort because some people experience low BP right after the test ends. This may make you feel dizzy. But in 15-20 minutes, you will bounce back to your previous self.
How Often Do You Need To Perform A Treadmill Test?
False positives in a treadmill test are common if the test is not taken by a cardiology health expert. Nonetheless, even if the test shows an abnormality, it is not taken as an ultimate diagnosis. To confirm the results of the test, further tests are suggested. The treadmill test is for those whose heart conditions are yet mild.
However, even if the test results come negative, cardiologists advise that each person should include a treadmill test in their annual checkup routine.
How Should You Prepare For A Treadmill Test?
Before the test: Mention to the doctor if you have a pre-existing heart condition or if you suffer from convulsions.
For 48 hours before the test, do not use medications that induce sexual function.
On the day of your test:For 2 hours before your test, do not eat or drink anything.
Unless prescribed otherwise, intake all your usual medicines. Bring a valid list (prescriptions) of all the medicines that you are taking.
Wear comfortable clothing for the test.
Treatment By Dr. Siva After A Treadmill Test
After the results are revealed from the treadmill test, you can approach Dr. Siva, the best cardiologist in Hyderabad, for treatment. Even if you test negative, you can count on his suggestions on how to keep your heart healthy.